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Alzheimer’s Disease, the Most Common Form of Dementia, is One of Many

By Janie Rosman

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Mixed dementia — More than one type of dementia occurs at the same time in the brain, most commonly AD and vascular dementia, and can include DLB.

Normal pressure hydrocephalus — Symptoms include walking difficulties, memory loss and inability to control urination.

Parkinson’s disease — This can result in progressive dementia as it develops, similar to AD or DLB. Movement problems are a symptom early on.

Vascular dementia — Previously known as multi-infarct or post-stroke dementia, it’s the second-most common cause of dementia after AD. Initial symptoms can include impaired judgment or ability to plan steps to complete a task, rather than memory loss often associated with the initial symptoms of AD.

Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome — This chronic memory disorder is caused by severe deficiency of thiamine (vitamin B-1) and the effect of alcohol on absorption and use of thiamine. Its most common cause is alcohol misuse. Symptoms generally include impaired learning ability, personality changes, problems with memory and balance, and difficulty with clear thinking and planning tasks.

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